June 5, 2017

Shelley Loved: Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt

Series: Laura Elliston 2
Format: E-Galley | 368 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Redhook | Orbit
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical | Western

Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this action-packed follow up to Sawbones.

Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run -- from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. But the danger isn't just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won't stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come.

BLOOD OATH is the second installment in author Melissa Lenhardt's Laura Elliston series. As you may have learned from reading my review for Sawbones, Lenhardt doesn't go easy on her characters. She doesn't give them easy ways out. She knows that the late 19th century was filled with unhappy Confederate soldiers, uncouth and unsavory bounty hunters looking to make their fortunes, and renegade Indians who massacred Whites, and Whites who in turn, massacred Indians. 

As the story picks up, it has been six weeks since Dr. Laura (Catherine Bennett) Elliston faced the harsh reality of the West, and probably lost her career as a surgeon because of it. Laura, along with Captain William Kindle, chose to go on the run after their encounter with Kindle's brother. Kindle is now considered AWOL from his post, and that brings an entirely new angle to the series. Laura, as I said previously, experiences what we in the modern age call PTSD. Her mind goes back to her horrible experiences with various sounds, and the mention of a certain river where all took place.

Laura and Kindle have already met their fair share of bounty hunters, and have somehow managed to survive. But, their challenges are far from over. The couple has been nicknamed "The Murderess and The Major" and Henry Pope, who we met in the first installment, wants to write their story. Laura rescues an abused Indian woman from traders, and learns a hard lesson in the process. Kindle, meanwhile, becomes a totally different character from whom we met in Sawbones. Of course, let us not forget about the Pinkerton man chasing after Laura & Kindle. 

BLOOD OATH offers up an entirely new cast of secondary characters. Kindle and Laura's relationship is tested by all sorts of situations. Mostly his issues, but she's not necessarily a saint. This story ends on what may be considered a cliffhanger. Things have definitely escalated and quickly. Where things go from here, should be rather entertaining.

Coming Soon. Badlands, Laura Elliston 3

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  1. Ooo definitely sounds like one I would love!

  2. I like that cover and yes the series sure still sounds good

  3. I really want to try this series, it looks quite good!

  4. I didn't know about these. I like the sound of this genre mash-up.

  5. Historical Westerns sound daunting but a very interesting genre. This one in particular looks to be an action-packed series. Glad you're loving the books!

  6. I need to get around to reading this series. I've had book one sitting on my TBR pile, I just need to pick it up. Thanks for the great review!

    Simply Angela

  7. I need to pick up book one, this series sounds gooooood :D

  8. Sounds good. Thanks for the review.

  9. I like that this sounds as if it is realistic and holds no punches.

  10. Need to check this series out. Sounds good!

    For What It's Worth

  11. Hmm. This sounds interesting. Things were not pretty at that time, for anyone. Thanks for sharing!


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